The workshop, which took place at The Incubator in Victoria Island, had in attendance seasoned facilitators including Greg Malize, Founder and Executive Director of ImpactGen; Oluwaseyi Adeoye, Chief Executive Officer of Pierrine Consulting; Caesar Keluro, Principal Partner of Ideasvibe Media; and Olufunmilayo Modupe, Principal Adviser of Global Interns Company who provided educative career planning tips on various topics that enriched the students’ knowledge in career decisions.
Roberts Ayanfe, a final year student of English Language at the University of Lagos, revealed that The Career Connect Series has broadened his horizon as it will help him to think for himself and engage in new challenges. “Before now I used to depend on my parents for assistance, but the Career Connect Series has sharpened my perception towards self-sufficiency,” he said.
Sifon Ediomo-Abasi, a fashion designer and Fine Art student of Yaba College of Technology, expressed her excitement and commended the organisers of The Career Connect Series saying that the workshop has given her new orientation on how she could use technology to hype her career interest.
“This workshop deserves huge commendation from every quarters of our society, because if we have guidance in our career choices, students and young adults would make informed decisions that would add value to them and ultimately bring about an improved performance both as an entrepreneur as well as in workplaces,” she said.
Modupe, who is also a co-Facilitator at the workshop, said she felt excited about the interactions and engagement of the students, as the workshop achieved the aim of giving them the platform to ask career related questions and be educated on planning their career.
She further revealed that The Career Connect Series would be an annual workshop with different focus that would continually connect the students, upgrade participants’ skills and exhibit viable internship opportunities to meet the workplace expectations of today and the future.
The intention of The Career Connect Series is to build a platform that brings together high school and university students, employer partners as well as career experts to bridge the knowledge and skill gap between students and the workplace. She reiterated that they are enabling skill-added transition of student interns from high school, through university and finally to work places or entrepreneurship.
Global Interns Company is a student-centred organisation that connects college and high school interns to rewarding internship jobs and volunteering programmes in various industries and sectors in Nigeria. It also provides professional and sound career advisory services to all its student subscribers.